The Mask of Motherhood

The Mask of Motherhood

How Becoming a Mother Changes Our Lives and Why We Never Talk About It

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140291780
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Becoming a mother is filled with the extremes of emotion –the highest highs and the lowest lows. But women are often reluctant to talk honestly about the experience for fear they’ll be seen as bad mothers. With wit and candor, The Mask of Motherhood takes on the myths and the misinformation, helping women to prepare and deal with the depth of feeling that comes with the experience and perhaps most important, it lets them know that many, if not most, new mothers are feeling the same way.Susan Maushart, sociologist and mother of three, explores how motherhood affects our marriages and friendships, our relationships with parents, our sex lives, and our self-esteem. In The Mask of Motherhood, mothers will find the comfort and reassurance they are looking for, and confirmation that, indeed, motherhood is the toughest job in the world, but can also be the most rewarding.

Table of Contents

The Mask of Motherhood – Susan Maushart Acknowledgments
Faking Motherhood: The Mask Revealed
“Falling”: The Experience of Pregnancy
Laboring Under Delusions
Penelope Leach Meets Godzilla: A Chaos Theory of New Motherhood
Lactation Intolerant: The Worst of Breast Is Best
The Juggled Life
Superwoman and Stuporman: Parenthood and Partnership